In the past month, black folks were excited to have two black men star in big budget movies. I had to check them both out and my initial reaction has been confirmed by the box office comparison.
But, it was a great movie. The story was interesting and the villain was exceptional. Tyler Perry seemed way out of his element and never looked comfortable side by side with the bad guys, but he was great during the family scenes (as you'd expect) I think Laurence Fishburne would have been the perfect Alex Cross.
Denzel Washington saved a train in Unstoppable two years ago and he’s saving a plane this year. What’s next, saving a Carnival Cruise line?
Denzel not only saved the train in Unstoppable, his acting saved that horrible movie from being a total disaster. But Flight is an incredible movie that Denzel only makes better. It’s made $74 million ($35 million budget).
I like Flight because it subtly suggests that in a time of crisis, everyone has their own agenda. Denzel, the lawyers, pilot union, airline owners, investigators, and survivors all had a stake in the outcome, and they all were shown doing what they thought they had to do to come out shining.
As an actor, Denzel kept me on edge. It wasn’t just his role and lines, but his mastery of presenting emotion, swag, joy, disgust, and so on. And he plays a great drunk.
I think Alex Cross is already back in the can headed for the bargain DVD bin. But, if you haven’t seen Flight, it’s worth the $10.
Tyler Perry needs to get back to what he does best, the plays and the Tyler Perry branded movies and TV shows.
Denzel, we can’t wait to see you do your thing again, whatever it is.
My next movies are Lincoln and Rise of the Guardians in 3D (directed by Peter Ramsey, the first black to do a big budget CGI movie).